A small black tom with red and green stripes sat on a bench at the park. He sighed, feeling left out.
"Why are you sitting here alone?" a new voice meowed.
The black tom seemed to jump out of his fur and looked towards the new voice. A large white tom stood next to the bench. "You scared me
The new tom chuckles. "I apologize. Could you answer my question and give me your name?"
The black tom sighs. "I don't fit in anywhere
I have no friends
And as for my name, tell me yours first."
The white tom smiles. "Smart kit. I'm Skarlett. You?"
"Skarlett? Isn't that a girl's name?
Skarlett smiles. "May I sit down?"
Teddy shrugs. "If you want."
Skarlett smiles. "You seem rather mature for someone so young," he meows, sitting down.
Teddy shrugs. "Whatever
"How old are you, Teddy?" he asks.
"How old are you?"
"I asked you first," Skarlett smiles.
Teddy sighs. "Eighteen... And you?"
"I'm almost twenty."
Teddy is silent, unsure of what to say.
Skarlett stands up. "I must be going."
Teddy looks at him. "What the fuck was the point of sitting here if you were just gonna leave in a few moments?!"
He chuckles. "I didn't want to leave someone as young as you sitting here alone, feeling depressed."
"Who says I'm depressed?! And why the fuck are you calling me young when your not even two year older than me?!"
Skarlett chuckles. "Because you're a spoiler brat."
"I can tell just by looking at you your parents get you whatever you want without hesitation."
Teddy was speechless. No one had ever called him a spoiled brat before.
Skarlett walked off before the younger boy could reply.
Teddy walked into a big mansion, greeted by a small female around the age of fifteen.
"Welcome home, Master Theodore," the girl said, smiling. "Anything you need?"
Teddy shook his head. "I just want some rest... I'll ring if I need anything. You may tend to your usual duties now."
The female smiled. "Yes, Master Theodore." With that, the female walked off.
Teddy sighed and started to walk to his room. He entered his room, which was still pink from when his mother was expecting him (she wanted a female). He sat on his red bed and laid down. He closed his eyes and began to think about what had happened earlier that day.
You're a spoiled brat.
No one had ever said that to him before. Everyone, once they found out who he was, wanted to be his friends instantly. He accepted their false friendship because it was the only way he would ever have friends.
He sighed and started to fall asleep.
In his dreams, he was in the park again. Skarlett was next to him. Skarlett looked him in the eyes. The older tom began to lean closer to Teddy, aiming to kiss the male. Before their lips touched, Teddy jolted awake, the female at his side. "Lulu?" he panted. "What are you doing here?"
She looked at her feet. "You mother wanted to see you, Master Theodore."
Teddy sighed. "Tell her I'll be there in a couple minutes."
Lulu nodded and left the room.
Teddy got out of bed and took his shirt off. "What the hell was with that dream?" He put on a clean shirt and walked out of his room.
Teddy walked into a brightly-lit room. "You wanted to see me, mother?"
A middle-aged female sitting on a chair nodded. "I know you just got home, but I've been thinking about sending you to a college in France. It's very beautiful there. We can fill the paper work now if you-"
"No. I wanna stay here for a bit and... Be a normal, eighteen-year-old boy."
His mother blinked. "And by normal, what do you mean?"
Teddy blinked. "I-I dunno... Normal. Hang out with others my age, get a girlfriend, stuff like that."
The female sighed. "When I was your age, I had no time for that stuff."
"Because you were busy working. You're only in this position because you married my father. And, I personally think you only did it for his money."
The female suddenly stood up and glared at him. "What did you say, young man?!"
"You heard me! When he was alive, I couldn't tell what you loved more: him or his money!"
His mother ran up to him and slapped him across his face, leaving a red mark. "Go to your room. And you are not going to France. You're going to a military camp!"
Teddy glared at her, hand over where she hit him. "Fine. It'd be paradise compared to this place!" He then stormed out of the room, slamming the door behind him.
Teddy began to climb out the window on a rope made of bed sheets when Lulu walked in. "... Master Theodore?"
Teddy stared at her for a moment. "I need to get away and think
Please don't tell Mother."
Lulu smiled and bowed. "Of course, Master Theodore. Do you need anything before you go?"
Theodore patted his pockets. "Can you hand me my wallet?"
She smiled and walked over to her young master's dresser. She picked up the wallet and handed it to him. "Here you go. Good luck with whatever you're doing."
"Thanks Lulu." He took the wallet, put in his pocket, and climbed down the bed sheet rope.
Teddy sat on a bench and started to count his money. "I should have enough for a little while."
Suddenly, someone grabbed his hair and put a knife near his neck. "Gimme your money, you little twerp."
?" Teddy managed to say.
"No questions or I'll slit your throat."
Teddy slowly brought his money to where the mugger stood behind him.
The mugger snatched the money and ran off.
Teddy sat on the bench, taking deep breaths. "So much for the money
At least things can't get much worse
" Just then, it started to rain. "
"What are you doing out here in the rain?"
Teddy looked towards the voice, already knowing who it was. "What do you care, Skarlett?"
Skarlett sat next to him, holding an umbrella over both their heads. "Just tell me, kid."
" Teddy sighed. "I ran away from home
Mother was going to send me to military school because I talked back to her
Sorry to hear that
Do you need a place to stay?"
I was going to stay in a hotel, but I got mugged
Skarlett smiled and stood up, holding out his hand. "Come on."
Teddy hesitated before taking Skarlett's hand and following him.